Heart of Blood was pleased to host J. Daniel Gunther and Stephen King (Shiva Xº, Australia O.T.O. National Grand Master) in Austin, TX, on May 23 & 24, 2015 e.v. The event was held at the beautiful, five-star Texas Hill Country resort Travaasa and co-sponsored by U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O.
J. Daniel Gunther
J. Daniel Gunther is a teacher highly respected and revered by his students and peers alike. Considered one of the world’s few genuine authorities on the doctrines of Thelema, his lectures and presentations have been hailed as dynamic revelations of Thelemic doctrine, while his engaging question and answer sessions demonstrate his collegial approach and sincere commitment to student learning.
Daniel has been an Aspirant to the A∴A∴ for over forty years. In 2009, his first book, Initiation in the Aeon of the Child: The Inward Journey, brought to the public for the first time many of the teachings and instructions of the A∴A∴, and offered a new audience these transmitted doctrinal insights and revelations. These teachings were further elaborated in his second book The Angel and the Abyss: The Inward Journey, Books II & III. Daniel is a standing member on the Editorial Board of The Equinox. He has spoken at numerous O.T.O. bodies worldwide.
Stephen King has been a member of O.T.O. for over 25 years and an Aspirant to the A∴A∴ for over 15 years. He has been the Frater Superior’s Representative for Australia since 1990, and is National Grand Master General of O.T.O. Australia Grand Lodge since its founding in 2006. He currently works on a authoritative edition of Magick Without Tears.
The Parables of Liber LXV (J.D. Gunther)
Crowley described Liber LXV, The Book of the Heart Girt with a Serpent, as “an account of the relations of the aspirant and his Holy Guardian Angel.” Gunther discusses certain symbols and parables that occur throughout the book, including: 1. The Parable of the New Birth (the parable of Persephone), 2. The Parable of The Pale Image (the parable of the boat of shining steel), and 3. The Parable of the Hummingbird.
The Order That Hath No Name Among Men and Blood in the Cup of Babalon (J.D. Gunther)
In this lecture, Gunther discusses the relationship between the Orders A∴A∴ and O.T.O., drawing on the concepts of the Path in Eternity, the Path of the Great Return and the Egyptian Pyramid Texts. He also explores the doctrine of the Holy Graal, into which the Saints have drained every last drop of their Blood in honor of Our Lady Babalon.
The Covenant of Resurrection (Stephen King)
In Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass, the Priest describes the sacrifice of Life and Joy as “true warrants of the Covenant of Resurrection.” King, Primate of the of the Gnostic Catholic Church in Australia, describes this as “the holy Covenant that is sealed in the hearts of the true clergy of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.”
Aspiring to the Holy Order (Stephen King)
Our Frater Superior described the O.T.O. as “a system of consciousness, above all else, that takes time to develop, and is best done degree by degree.” King discusses this context, the attitude and posture with which we approach it, and its broader significance relating to us as individuals and the world we live in.